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February 13, 2006

Government Grants Site is Windows-Only

The government plans to give out approximately $400 billion in grants which organizations can search and apply for online at grants.gov.  However, if you run a Mac or any other non-Microsoft operating system, you're out of luck.  Only those who use Windows can use the site effectively.  It will be a year or so until the software catches up to Macs.

How did this happen?  The government awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman to build the site, and they in turn, sub-contracted out to a Canadian firm called Pure Edge to create the electronic forms.  And they did, for Windows only.  Until the Mac forms are created, the two workarounds are to use a Citrix web server or Windows emulation software.  Neither solution, so far, work very well.

The Washington Post has the full story here.

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